Bezà Mahafaly team expands activities

Extension of conservation efforts at the landscape level continue. COSAP members have facilitated discussions with village leaders, who are the traditional proprietors of forests in Ehazoara-Belambo, located in the southeast of the Reserve. These forests are not formally protected. Leaders permitted a rapid survey of the Ehazoara-Belambo forest complex in early 2014, providing a first glimpse of the richness of these forests and the low level of disturbance there. Students participating in the Field School from ESSA-Forêts followed up with more detailed investigations in August 2014, and further work in collaboration with students from the University of Toliary and the local leaders is planned for 2015.